A tale of two cities
Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
173Trip End Ongoing
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in maracas bay i had no hassle at all, the trini locals always tell me how dangerous it is and to be careful.. i must of heard that about 25 times since i've been here.. the lifeguard i was chatting to said 'after dark, i couldn't garuantee your safety'.. which i took on bored and it seems like that rule is for all over trinidad unfortunatly. On monday i picked up the paper and the headline read.. "taxi driver stabbed to death and dumped in street, bringing the murder rate to 350" as i was leaving my taxi driver taking me to the airport, was making jokes saying, "hopefully we can round it off to 400 by the end of the year, do you think 400 is a nice round number kris?" and "well most of the people murdered are men, so it leaves more girls for me!, hey kris?" .. after 4 days of sun, sand, sea and sandfly bites i left for the island of tobago, on the way back up the hill that kills everyones brakes on the way down i saw the maxi taxis flying down about 50mph round blind corners and steep declines, i was quite glad i couldn't find the taxi stand on the friday when i came here.
So last night i got on the tobago express for 150tt (15pound) for the 10 minute flight over, we literally get to 7000 feet and then start to descend again, i arrived when it was dark, so after all the advice i've heard about after dark i decided to get a taxi for the 12 minute walk to my guesthouse, which is olympian javelin 'throwing distance' from the beach and for 200tt i get a double bed, cooker (i doubt i'll use but..), fridge, kettle, shower, toilet, air-con and cable tv with about 50 english channels on it.. the taxi driver who took me was called kenneth, he also went along with the trini tradition that if i get a taxi, he'll write down his number and tell me to call him if i ever have to go anywhere, this doesn't apply only to taxi drivers but anyone who's had a car and had a small conversation with me will write down their number and write thier name along the top adding 'taxi service' onto the end..
Anyway, i have some photos i want to get uploaded to here before my memory card get lost or stolen so it won't be long before they'll be up.. so i'm off to snorkel the reef, see ya..